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Kramer the sheep and his alpaca buddy Newman at Good Karma Farm

Kramer the sheep and his alpaca buddy Newman at Good Karma Farm

Fiber Capital of Maine

As we said a year ago, we have long thought that we would love to see Belfast as the fiber capital of Maine. As we put together our newsletter this month, we again can see that if we look at the fiber offerings in Waldo County (within a twenty-mile radius of Belfast), we think we may have reached, or at least we are closer to, that vision. We have an another addition to call fiber enthusiasts to Belfast -- Broadreach's Stashbuster Fiber and Fabric Fair (see article below) -- destined to be a yearly event. Here are some other events that we know are taking place this month:

This month fiber lovers can enjoy the Fiber College of Maine. It is a five-day event -- though you can come to any part of it -- beginning Wednesday, September 3 at Searsport Shores Ocean Campground. There is so much information about this event that you simply must click on the link.

On Friday, September 19 through Sunday, September 21, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) has their annual Common Ground Country Fair in Unity. It is full of fiber! While at the fair, you can go across the street and visit the alpacas at Northern Solstice Alpaca Farm. They have a store full of alpaca products, including their own yarn. Some products are imported, but some are made from their fiber.

Then we have two yarn companies. Good Karma Yarn Company, right here in Belfast, actually makes yarn from the fiber of its own animals. It is a welcoming place for visitors to see animals and to see how yarn is made and dyed. There is also Swans Island Yarn in Northport, which hand-dyes yarn with natural dyes. Purple Fleece in Stockton Springs is a great supplier of weaving and spinning supplies. There is WORKS in Searsport that has lots of fiber books, hand-spun yarns and spinning supplies. Marion Brown has a rug-hooking studio in the Belfast Center with flexible hours. She offers supplies and instruction and can be reached at 207-522-5348. There is Nancy's Sewing Center on Route 3 in Belfast and Fiddlehead Artisan Supply right here in downtown Belfast. Although Fiddlehead Artisan Supply is predominantly fabric, it has an incredible range of fiber, including fancy papers.

Enjoy! And by the way, we are open Labor Day from 11 am-4 pm.

A selection of colorful buttons, on sale for September

A selection of colorful buttons, on sale for September

Monthly Sale: Buttons and Bags

It's a buttons and bags of yarn clearance sale!

All month our buttons will be 30% off, and if you buy all the buttons in the tube, you can get the buttons at 40% off.

At the same time, we have lots of bags (10 skeins per bag) of yarn. These will be 40% off. This is the perfect time to make a project for yourself or start holiday knitting. Some yarns being offered for sale at 40% off include Ella Rae Chunky (100% superwash wool), Shibui Heichi (100% silk in worsted/aran weight), Plymouth Yarn's Colorando (cotton/acrylic, multicolor, worsted weight), and many single bags of various yarns. A bargain adventure for sure!

Little Scallops hat and Seamless Baby Booties, knit by Cheryl in Plymouth Select DK

Little Scallops hat and Seamless Baby Booties, knit by Cheryl in Plymouth Select DK

Quick Little Baby Projects

Plymouth Select DK is a favorite yarn. Cheryl previously made a couple of wonderful baby gifts with this superwash merino and she's been anxious for others to try this yarn too. She knitted a store sample set using Little Scallops hat pattern (free on Ravelry) and Seamless Baby Booties ($3.99 on Ravelry). Enjoy whipping up these quick little projects. They're easy take-along summer knitting ... maybe you'll make a purple hat or two for the Period of PURPLE project!

Horizontal Rib Cowl in Color Duo, modeled by Jillian against a backdrop of yarn skeins in rich golds, ambers and russets

Horizontal Rib Cowl in Color Duo, modeled by Jillian against a backdrop of yarn skeins in rich golds, ambers and russets

Horizontal Rib Cowl in Color Duo

Eco Duo by Cascade Yarns is a worsted-weight yarn that customers love. It is made from undyed fibers in a 70% alpaca/30% wool blend that subtly self-stripes. Because it is so soft, it is perfect for an accessory around the face and neck. For years, we had a simple, yet lovely, horizontal-rib cowl made from this yarn. But after many years we wanted to change it up. Fortunately, Cascade Yarns did too and so they came out with Color Duo -- the same qualities of Eco Duo but now in deep, saturated colors. We have recreated the loved cowl in Color Duo and we have created the Horizontal Rib Cowl in three weights for you to use with many of our yarns or your stash.

Stashbuster Fiber and Fabric Fair

Stashbuster Fiber and Fabric Fair -- click image for printable PDF flyer.

Donations Arriving Daily for Broadreach's Stashbuster Fiber and Fabric Fair

Broadreach Family and Community Services is preparing for its next event to raise funds for its Early Childhood Education Program -- a Stashbuster Fiber and Fabric Fair on Saturday, September 27 from 9 am-1 pm in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library. Each day calls are being fielded and deliveries are being arranged for skeins of yarn, yards of fabric, smaller bundles for quilting and other projects, and fiber arts equipment and supplies -- from knitting needles to patterns to bias tape.

"We have been receiving some beautiful and high-quality items that we expect will sell out quickly at the fair. All items will certainly be a great deal for the buyer and we will be sure to have inventory for both the serious and casual fabric artists of all ages," shared Sue diRosario, Broadreach's Director of Philanthropy and Community Relations. "A special thanks goes out to our sponsors of this event, Heavenly Socks Yarns of Belfast, WORKS of Searsport, The Purple Fleece of Stockton Springs, Fiddlehead Artisan Supply, and Good Karma Farm and Spinning Company, both of Belfast. We know these are wonderful local resources for the fabric artist and we are thrilled that they are our sponsors."

If you have items to donate, please contact diRosario by September 20 at 207-338-2200, ext. 201 or at sdirosario@brmaine.org. Broadreach Family and Community Services is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization that provides Early Childhood Education Services, Behavioral Health and Case Management Services for all ages, its Youthlinks after school and summer program for middle-to-high-school youth in the greater Rockland area, and Prevention Services such as parenting classes and programs for the prevention of child abuse and neglect and substance abuse.

For more information about Broadreach services, please phone 207-338-2200 or visit Broadreach Family and Community Services.

Fifth Annual KnitMaine-ia! poster

Fifth Annual KnitMaine-ia! poster

Fifth Annual KnitMaine-ia!

You are a knitting superhero! Please put on your cape and fly to KnitMaine-ia on Saturday, October 11 at 2 pm at the Belfast Boathouse. Submit your work to the show (it will be returned immediately afterward), and/or come and admire local talent.

Submission deadline is September 27, and the theme this year is superheroes. We are also seeking afghans to adorn the boathouse. All fiber, crochet and knit work is welcome, superhero or simply human. Proceeds benefit New Hope for Women.

For more information and submission forms, visit St. Margaret's Church's Knit the Community page, or find them on Facebook.

British Surrender poster (detail)

British Surrender poster (detail)

We Surrender! Belfast Loves Great Britain

On Monday, September 1, join in celebration to commemorate the rather uneventful occupation of Belfast by the British, September 1-5, 1814, during the War of 1812 on its 200th anniversary. At 6 pm, Belfast Historical Society President Megan Pinette will be at Heritage Park at the public landing, for a bit of history, colorful anecdotes and a walk up Main Street hill to Alexia's Pizza. Believe it or not, Alexia's is located at the site of the former Huse Tavern, the place where Belfast's chief magistrate Alvan "Toad" Edmunds met with the general in charge of the truce and occupation. Bring your flags.

Refreshments include beer and pizza: Marshall Wharf Brewing Company presents Bitter Truth ESB, on tap September 1 at 3 Tides and other Belfast watering holes; and Alexia's will offer an English Pizza Special.

Fossil Garment No. 2, 36 x 27 x 2 inches, by Diane Savona

Fossil Garment No. 2, 36 x 27 x 2 inches, by Diane Savona

Patchwork of Color at High Street Studio and Gallery

High Street Studio and Gallery welcomes guest artists in the Patchwork of Color/Quilts: As Inspiration show: Textile works preserving history by Diane Savona, quilts by Dianne Hire, Jeanne Dawson assemblages, paintings by Jerri Finch and Susan Tobey White, and small framed quilts by Leslie Volpe. The show, which opened on August 28, runs through September 24.

For more information, visit High Street Studio and Gallery.

Specimen 140703, felt, handspun yarn, stainless steel, linen, silk, 8 x 10 inches, by Julie H. Rose

Specimen 140703, felt, handspun yarn, stainless steel, linen, silk, 8 x 10 inches, by Julie H. Rose

Julie H. Rose Exhibits Fiber Works at Aarhus Gallery

Aarhus Gallery is pleased to have Julie H. Rose of Belfast as their guest artist for the month of September. The show runs from September 2-28 with an opening reception on Friday, September 5, 5-8 pm.

Julie has had a varied artistic career thus far, but working with fiber has been a constant, if not curvilinear, thread in her life. Raised by two textile designers, she was given free rein with the family art supplies as well as being introduced to sewing and crocheting at an early age. After receiving a BFA from the School of Visual Arts she worked as a commercial illustrator in New York City for Gourmet and Cuisine magazine, while also playing guitar in various punk bands. A few years later, trying to escape the rat race, she moved to Maine to raise sheep for wool and to spin and weave. Later, needing a break from raising sheep, she worked as a tattoo artist and a knitting designer. Through all her varied endeavors she has continued to knit, spin, dye, crochet and sew, exploring the world of fiber.

And for her show at Aarhus, that is what she has done. Her shadow boxes contain lovely embroidered, felted and sewn morsels mounted on silk and hand-printed fabrics. They may remind you of edible plants and cocoons, or they may tug at the strands of our ancient memories and evoke the fragile skeletal remains of unknown and delicate organisms, from before the rat race.

Aarhus invites the public to race on over for the opening on the first Friday of September and join in a few threads of conversation with the artist herself.

Aarhus Gallery, 50 Main St. Belfast, is open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 am-5:30 pm, and Mondays by chance. For more information, visit Aarhus Gallery or phone 207-338-0001.

Come Enjoy the Belfast Peace Festival, September 5-6

Come Enjoy the Belfast Peace Festival, September 5-6

Belfast Peace Festival

There is something for everyone as Belfast hosts the 1st Annual Peace Festival on Friday and Saturday, September 5 and 6, on Miller and Court streets. The festival seeks to encourage attendees to have fun and learn tools for developing peace within themselves, their families and the larger community, such as workshops on Non-Violent Communication and meditation -- and in the same day enjoy great music from local favorites including Johnny Whitcomb, and Dave Johnson and friends with a Pete Seeger Tribute.

This free, family-friendly event will include activities for all ages, beginning Friday with a street dance broadcast live by WERU on the lawn of the First Church from 6-9 pm, playing music from the 1960s and beyond. Dance and enjoy refreshments, or bring your own picnic. Saturday starts with a meditation and labyrinth, pancake breakfast and sign making, followed by a Peace Walk through town. A BBQ lunch will be available at the Unitarian Universalist Church on Miller Street. The afternoon is full of local music, a panel discussion with Veterans for Peace, drumming and much more. A family/children's tent will offer crafts and other activity all afternoon. Evening brings a spaghetti supper at the First Baptist Church, followed by a concert featuring Lynn Deeves of Portland from 7-9 pm at the UU Church.

This event is open to the public, rain or shine; admission is free; food is available for purchase along with T-shirts. All are welcome. Phone Katia at 207-323-5393 to purchase a shirt in advance. For more information on all aspects of the festival, visit Belfast Peace Festival or find them on Facebook. Don't miss this chance to enjoy another festival in Belfast and help open the doors to peace locally and beyond.

Ari and Mia, Boston's Americana sister act

Ari and Mia, Boston's Americana sister act

Ari and Mia with Bethany Waickman at Belfast Flying Shoes

Join Belfast Flying Shoes on Friday, September 5, for an evening of contra dancing at the American Legion Post #43 in Belfast, 143 Church St. Chrissy Fowler will be calling dances, with music by Ari and Mia with Bethany Waickman.

Ari and Mia, Boston's Americana sister act, reference the traditions of Southern and Northeastern fiddle music, and the early American songbook, to create a realm where their own compositions cross paths with older traditions. Their stylish and sophisticated music honors the sounds of Appalachian cottages, rural dance floors and urban concert halls. Combine this with their innovative approach to song and tune writing, and the result is a fresh and contemporary sound. Both sisters studied at Boston's New England Conservatory in its cutting-edge Contemporary Improvisation department.

Bethany Waickman grew up in a musical family in northern New York and started playing the piano at an early age. One of her earliest experiences with traditional music was attending Meadowlark music camp with her family. It was there that she was inspired to take up the guitar. Bethany formed the contra dance trio Anadama while working at Pinewoods in 2007, and they have gone on to delight dancers across the eastern seaboard.

Chrissy Fowler will call the dances, no doubt with her usual cheerfulness and spot-on expertise. Chrissy can teach a rock to dance.

The evening begins at 6:30 pm with a community dance and music by the All-Comers Band. All musicians are welcome to sit in. The contra dance begins at 8 pm and runs till around 11 pm. For more information, phone Chrissy at 207-338-0979 or visit Belfast Flying Shoes.

2014 Maine Wienerfest poster

2014 Maine Wienerfest poster

Dachshunds Rule at 2014 Maine Wienerfest

The city of Belfast is home to all kinds of festivals, fairs, and shows every year, but none is perhaps more fun or quirky than the annual Maine Wienerfest, now in its eleventh year. Scheduled for Sunday, September 7, this waterfront event at Steamboat Landing Park is not a celebration of grilled hot dogs but rather a day to celebrate these "little dogs with big personalities" and the people who love them. And they come to Belfast by the hundreds!

The original Wienerfest event was organized as a picnic and a get-together just for families who lived with these endearing little hounds that act like much bigger dogs. Gradually it grew to include other activities and the number of dogs and dog lovers increased each year. The Friends of Belfast Parks (FOBP) carries on the tradition today as a way of raising funds for the ongoing development and maintenance at the Belfast Dog Park.

Whether you own a dachshund or not, you will not want to miss this afternoon of fun! In addition to socializing and sharing experiences with fellow dachshund lovers, organized events include a Grand Parade of Dachshunds, a zany costume contest, and a series of hilarious races. One of the most unusual activities will be ongoing demonstrations of teckeling, the age-old hunting technique that uses dachshunds to burrow after badgers, rats and other prey. Everyone can see the doxies dash through a course of tunnels, and owners who wish to have their dogs try this activity will be able to do so.

The Maine Wienerfest will be held rain or shine, beginning at 11 am and concluding at 3 pm. Gates open at 10:30 am. Admission is $2.00 for adults. Children under 12 years old and dogs are free. Food booths and dog-related vendors will be available on the site. No dog or puppy sales are permitted. The full schedule of events is posted at FOBP. For more information about the Maine Wienerfest, phone 207-338-2160.

Buttons; more than just for sewing

Buttons; more than just for sewing

Tri-County Button Club Show and Sale

The annual Tri-County Button Club Show and Sale will be held on Saturday, September 20, 10 am-2 pm at the United Methodist Church's Fellowship Hall, 22 Mill Lane, East Belfast (just off Route 1 near Perry's Nut House).

Dealers from throughout New England will present their collections of fabulous antique, vintage and contemporary "studio" buttons for sale.

Buttons can be seen as a chronicle of time and events, and are a reflection of culture, fashion and fads. These beautiful old buttons are a perfect bond of function, art and history. Adding these special buttons to any garment will make it a personal statement.

There will be displays showing various ways of using and mounting your favorite buttons. Available also is an information booklet on how to get started with this fascinating hobby. Light refreshments will be provided, and admission is free.

For more information, phone Nancy at 207-548-2943.

Bestselling author Paul Doiron

Bestselling author Paul Doiron

Belfast Free Library September Programs

Irish Page to Screen

Tuesday, September 2, 6:30 pm and Thursday, September 4, 6:30 pm: The Irish Page to Screen discussion series at the Belfast Free Library will meet on Tuesday, September 2, at 6:30 pm, to discuss Christy Brown's autobiography My Left Foot. The film version will be shown on Thursday, September 4, at 6:30 pm.

Maine Writers Talk About ... Series

Tuesday, September 9, 6:30 pm: North Woods Lawmen, a talk by bestselling author Paul Doiron, known for the Mike Bowditch novels.

Foraging for Wild Mushrooms with Greg Marley

Tuesday, September 16, 6:30 pm: Maine mycologist and author Greg Marley will present an introduction to the best edible and medicinal mushrooms in the fall woods of Maine.

Maine At Work

Tuesday, September 23, 6:30 pm: The Maine Humanities Council presents Maine at Work, a free, thought-provoking and humorous theatrical performance in the Abbott Room of the library.

For more information, visit Library Programs.

Union, photograph by Jenny Rebecca Nelson, from Seaboard art show

Union, photograph by Jenny Rebecca Nelson, from Seaboard art show

Belfast Co-op September Events

Featured Artist

Jenny Rebecca Nelson's exhibit, Seaboard, is on display in the Co-op Cafe through late September. Her work can be viewed at Wylde Photography.

Round Up for Community Recipients

September 1-15: Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA);
September 16-30: Belfast Area Child Care Services.

Senior Discount Day

Every Tuesday, Belfast Co-op customers 62 years young and up receive discount upon informing the cashier of their eligibility. Co-op member-owners receive a 10% discount; non-member-owners 5%.

Quarterly Member-Owner Super Sale Week

September 1-7: Belfast Co-op member-owners receive 10% off all purchases in one transaction during the first week of September, except beer, wine, tobacco and periodicals. Not yet a member-owner? This may be an excellent time to join.

Wild Mushrooms; Foraging for Functional Food

Tuesday, September 16, 6:30 pm, Belfast Free Library, 106 High St.: Maine mycologist and author Greg Marley will give this free introduction to the best edible and medicinal mushrooms in the fall woods of Maine. Co-sponsored with the Library.

Guided Store Tour

Saturday, September 20, 10 am, Belfast Co-op, 123 High St.: Meet near the Co-op entrance. Guided store tours (every third Saturday/month) which highlight the benefits of joining the Co-op and how to take best advantage of shopping here. All are welcome.

Love LOCAL Day

Friday, September 26, between 11 am and 3 pm, Katheryn Langelier of Herbal Revolution (Lincolnville) will provide free samples of her handcrafted herbal products; lunch special will highlight local ingredients, 10% off all Maine-made products throughout the day at the Belfast Co-op, open 7:30 am-8 pm daily.

Wine Tasting and Art Opening

Friday, September 26, 7-9 pm, Belfast Co-op Cafe, 123 High St.: Free wine tasting of highlighted seasonal wines and art opening. Featured wines will be 10% off during the tasting; participants must be 21 years of age or older to attend.

For more information about Belfast Co-op events, please visit Belfast Co-op Store or find them on Facebook.

Troy, midcoast Maine's friendly UPS man

Troy, midcoast Maine's friendly UPS man

Our Shipping Policy

Even though our Web site is not designed with a shopping cart, we will happily ship anything to you.

At this time, we only ask for the exact cost of the shipping; there is no handling charge.

By the way, the man in the photo is our well-loved UPS deliveryman. He is always smiling and happy, even when hauling heavy boxes down the stairs. (He must be a secret wannabe knitter.)

Yarn customers browsing inside our shop

Inside our shop, with yarn lovers examining a tempting skein.